in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and 1those who look through the windows are dimmed,
and 2the doors on the street are shut--when 3the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all 4the daughters of song are brought low--
they are afraid also of what is high, and 5terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along,a and desire fails, because man is going to his 6eternal 7home, and the 8mourners go about the streets--
before the silver cord is snapped, or 9the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is 10shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern,
and 11the dust returns to the earth as it was, and 12the spirit returns to God 13who gave it.
814Vanity of vanities, says 15the Preacher; all is vanity.
Besides being wise, 16the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging 17many proverbs with great care.
1018The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.
1119The words of the wise are like goads, and like 20nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are 21given by 22one Shepherd.
My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making 23many books there is no end, and 24much study is a weariness of the flesh.
The end of the matter; all has been heard. 25Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.b